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Coronavirus: COVID-19 cases remain high locally 15-21 October 2021

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During the seven-day period between 15-21 October 2021: 

  • 1,438 new cases reported 
  • A decrease of 3% on the previous week 
  • The 7-day infection rate for Shropshire was 441.9 per 100,000 
  • It was 468.8 per 100,000 for the West Midlands, and 484.4 for England 
  • 33 hospital beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients
  • 2 COVID-19-related deaths in a local hospital 
COVID-19 weekly statistics 15-21 October 2021 infographic

COVID-19 weekly statistics 15-21 October 2021

Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said:-

The case rate has decreased slightly this week; however, the rate is still high. Once again in Shropshire, we continue to see widespread community transmission, particularly in the younger age groups.

“The vaccine rollout has now moved onto booster jabs, but if you’ve not yet had your first or second jab, there is still time. Vaccines are vital to protect yourselves, your loved ones and the NHS this winter. 

“Many of you will have noticed that there has been a change to the Lateral Flow Test kits available in Shropshire. The main differences are that you no longer need to swab your tonsils and the result will come back within 10-15 minutes. Pharmacies and libraries stock these kits, or you can collect them from Shirehall in Shrewsbury. Checking twice a week for COVID-19 is really important and will help prevent the rapid spread of the virus. 

“Lastly, please don’t forget the simple things we can all do to ‘live alongside coronavirus’ as safely as possible, like following hands-face-space-fresh air.”  

Simon Jones, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care and public health, added:- 

“In addition to the COVID-19 booster, some residents will also be eligible for a free flu jab. However, we are aware that some eligible people have been struggling to book it. The uptake has been high, so some pharmacies and GPs have already used their first batch. Rest assured, there will be more deliveries over the coming weeks and months.” 

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